Developmental Shorts: The Soul Destroyer

It’s been a difficult week, one in which progress on my MA has been slow. The Shipton Shorts Awards ceremony was at the weekend and, unfortunately, the very helpful lady who was organising the catering had an accident, ending up in hospital. She’s out now, with her arm in a sling, and we were lucky to have plenty of others step in to help (thanks, everyone!) but that, coupled with a number of other hiccups and over-commitment, meant the Pain Management suffered somewhat so pain returned with a vengeance. I am now working hard at recovery and I gave a choir a voice lesson last night – which is great fun – so things will be back on track soon.

More on Shipton Shorts, later, as the evening was good fun and we constructed the bare bones of a potentially quite complex story. And more on the problems associated with reworking a work, too.

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A story of our village…

On the virtual kitchen workbench at the moment is the 2nd edition of the Shipton Bellinger village history.  First produced in 1984 it was the output of the Village History Society and was intended for private circulation, to villagers only.  The society no longer exists but passed on the baton to the village website to keep the history going.  It was hope that a subsequent print could be made of teh original document, perhaps updated.

The principal authors and editors of the first edition, Sam Hart and Jean Hinde, have now died.  However, given the village links to the military in WWI, 1914 seems a good year to finally put it out, in kindle and other formats, too.  All the original text was scanned for the village website but the maps and photo’s presented a problem: some cannot be reproduced without violating copyright and others are just too far gone to make any sense of them.

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